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Simon carries out illustrated talks across the south west and beyond. His talks last between 45 minutes and an hour. You can see his extensive range of subjects below. For presentations within Devon and Cornwall areas he charges £50 for a talk which is inclusive of travel, fuel and parking charges if needed. If you wish to know more about his talks, use the contact form here or ring him on 07845 176870.

Please note that due to an unprecedented demand for Simon’s talks and advance bookings from groups all over the westcountry Simon is now fully committed for 2017 with over 200 booked talks! He is now taking bookings for 2018 but his diary is filling fast so get in touch soon if you wish to reserve date. 2019 is not yet open !

  • TAVISTOCK HERITAGE MYTH AND LEGEND (NEW)
    A fascinating tale of truth and fiction surrounding the history of the town of Tavistock where Simon policed as the local community constable for many decades and where he became Chairman of the local history society.
  • DARTMOOR ARCHAEOLOGY (NEW)
    The archaeological investigation of Dartmoor commenced in the late Victorian era with the formative Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Over a century methods changed significantly and in the early years of this century one of Europe’s most significant finds was made on Dartmoor using forensic science and computerised technology. This talk takes us through those decades of unearthing history from Palaeolithic times right up to modern day.
  • THE TWO MOORS WAY
    A virtual tour of the 108 mile journey along the cross-Devon long distance footpath from Wembury in the South to Lynmouth in the North.
  • THE FAIR ARM OF THE LAW
    The Centenary of the Policewomen’s Department formed in 1915 and the history of women police in the west country.
  • THE DARTMOOR ‘CONCHIES’
    The story of the Conscientious Objectors of the Great War held at Dartmoor Prison and a look at this significant 1917 Centenary.
  • POLICING THE PENINSULA
    A slide show looking at the history of policing the westcountry. The usual ‘policing talk’ to start with if you are new to my talks!
  • THREE MURDERS AND A SUICIDE
    The compelling story of three historic murders which are linked together with a suicide and all of which have touched Simon’s police service throughout four decades.
  • MURDERS DEVON
    Old historical murders throughout the county of Devon.
  • MURDERS CORNWALL
    Old historical murders throughout the county of Cornwall.
  • CORNISH POLICING
    The history of policing ‘One and All’ in Cornwall
  • EXETER CITY POLICE
    The story of policing the city of Exeter
  • BARNSTAPLE BOROUGH POLICE
    How policing arrived in Barnstaple and how it was subsumed into Devon in the 1920s
  • VICTORIAN POLICING
    The national picture of policing throughout the country and its development since Victorian times.
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    A talk aimed at schools looking at how policing started and the methods of crime and punishment through the ages.
  • MUTINY ON THE MOOR
    The story of the 1932 Dartmoor Prison riot that destroyed much of the building.
  • BEAT ON WESTERN DARTMOOR
    Policing in West Devon and Tavistock in particular
  • POLICING ARCHIVES FOR GENEALOGISTS
    A lecture on the use of Police historical archives for the research of family history.
  • PC POTTER
    The murder of Constable Potter in 1938 at Whimple in East Devon

talks

  • DARTMOOR PRISON
    The story of Dartmoor Prison
  • A JOURNEY TO EVEREST
    An expedition to the highest place on earth from Nepal
  • TIBET AND EVEREST
    A journey across the Himalayas from Nepal to Tibet and to the north face of Everest.
  • MONT BLANC
    A story of tragedy and triumph on the highest mountain in Europe
  • LUNDY
    A virtual tour of this lovely island from your armchair, hopefully to inspire you to make a visit!
  • THE WILDLIFE OF LUNDY
    A slide show of the wildlife of Lundy Island.
  • LUNDY THROUGH TIME
    A slide show looking at historical and archival photographs of Lundy Island based upon my best-selling book of that title.
  • BODIES ON THE MOOR
    The stories of various deaths Dartmoor
  • TEN TORS
    Fifty years of one of the greatest youth expeditions and challenges in the country
  • LYDFORD AND THE STANNARY LAWS
    The awful story of the tin mining laws and the life of the Dartmoor tinners.
  • DARTMOOR’S SETT MAKERS’ BANKERS
    The story of the lesser known industrial mystery of the small benches on the hills of Dartmoor where street cobbles were manufactured.
  • AFTER DINNER SPEECHES
    I am also available to give ‘after dinner speeches’ relating to my, often hilarious, experiences of almost forty years in police uniform.
  • THE HISTORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE
    From the Roman times to DNA, forensic sciene has been used to detect crime. This talk looks at the development of forensics in that hunt for the offender.
  • THE LIFE OF BEATRICE CHASE
    The authoress from Widecombe-in-the-Moor was a complicated character. This talk looks at who she was and the mystery surrounding her life.